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has considerable influence in lebanon and the terrorist group hezbollah that operates out of lebanon. lebanon not only has a big board were israel, lebanon also has a big border with syria. and syria, of course, is embroiled in a raging and brutal civil war. look where the capital city of syria is relative to this map. look how close it is to lebanon and to israel, this ravaged capital city in this horrible ongoing war. and it is that geography that explains why there was an international gasp and shock today when this headline crossed, that israel had sent planes to bomb inside syria. or maybe it was on the border between syria and lebanon, depending on which headline you read and who they had asked for information on the ground. but if israel is sending bombers now deep into syria, or just over the border, does that mean this war inside syria, this two-year-old awful civil war has just gone international? specifically, has it become a war that involves israel too? and at least iranian interests, if not iran itself? did a much bigger war just start? joining us now from cairo is ayma
with hezbollah. does this attack from israel mark anything but a warning? >> he has been one of the major supporters of hezbollah since the 1990s. without doubt iran is one of the biggest supporters of his. but assad has been the middle manman to furnish with money weapons and political support and hezbollah has been his ally in dominateing lebanon. there is no doubt that despite resolution 1701 arms are continuing to move illegally from syria into lebanon to arm hezbollah. >> john: is there anything more the u.s. administration should be doing, and more importantly how is russia's involvement influencing our own? >> i don't think russia's involvement is influencing us that much other than to block u.n. resolution. asia isrussia is not going to commitment troops or any real national power. all they do is block u.n. action. but they have in the past acted without a security councilman date. we need to act again. this is not about boots on the ground another iraq, vietnam or afghanistan. this is about giving weapons to people who we halfway think will support a reasonable outcome. this is p
for lebanon. now russia, the arab league, and hezbollah are all condemning the action. >>> and the new chairman of the senate foreign relations committee pays back $60,000 to a donor for airplane rides. and that donor is under investigation by the fbi. much more on a stranger sorry surrounding senator bob menen z menendez. good morning from washington. it's thursday, january 31st, 2013. this is "the daily rundown." i'm chuck todd. now less than 30 minutes away from the start of chuck hagel's confirmation hearing to become the next secretary of defense. we'll take you there live for his opening statement, along with what's expected to be some tough questioning from some big-name republicans. let's get right to my first read of the morning. let's start with the hagel confirmation grilling. could be the most contentious nomination hear of the president's second term and frankly, of any of the president's cabinet picks over the two terms. hagel's chances do look better today than at any point since his name was first floated. that said, he still has very little margin for error. senators
a potential of what was already a horrible, horrible situation if iran and syria, hezbollah, if they were to retaliate against israel, that would dramatically escalate what is already going on. >> reporter: certainly. very dangerous to make a prediction in this part of the world and given what is happening inside syria, particularly damascus on their back foot and perhaps prone to irrational responses. as we're seeing at the moment, most observers think that an overretaliation is unlikely. of course syria, its military heavily stretched by this civil war. particularly given how israel now denying any real involvement. hezbollah and a very delicate balance here. of course their military allied to the assad regime but they have a very cautious political role to play here. they don't want to get into a lengthy military issue with the israelis and, of course, iran. certainly leadership driven by division. many not quite sure what they could do. concerns about some sort of covert retaliation, how ever that may play out. people are waiting to see if this is vague and at times in the past 24 hou
. it was suspected of sophisticated russian made antiair-craft missiles on the way to hezbollah fighters. sirria, however, claims that israeli jets hit a research facility outside damascus, killing two people. israeli officials refused to comment. on sunday, israeli vice premier raised the possibility of this scenario. >> it means that chemical weapons if it will move to the end of the -- [ inaudible ] it would change dramatically the balance of power in the middle east. this is something that most of the world cannot tolerate. >> in a cautionary move they deployed the iron dome rocket defense system to the northern boarder to prevent an attack. >> recent weeks, the u.s. and israeli officials had meetings to discuss chemical weapons stock pile. they believe it's essential to the long-term survival. >> you mention that they said the attack is not on a convoy but a research facility near damascus. why would they make that claim? >> syrian tv reported in the past that syrian rebels attacked the military facility believed to be a chemical weapons plant. claiming that they launched the attack they ti
, apparently targeting high-tech weapons which they believe were on their way to hezbollah militants in lebanon. it happened just outside damascus and marked the first attack by israel against syrian targets in some five years. syrian state tv insisted the air strike hit a military research site, not a weapons convoy. >>> "the new york times," chinese hackers have spent months infiltrating the computer systems and trying to gain access to reporter and staffers' information. this according to a new report from "the times." the attacks stem from an article published in october saying that the prime minister had accumulated billions of dollars through business deals. >>> "the los angeles times," wall street is feeling cautiously better about facebook this morning after a surprise fourth quarter. the social media company saw a 40% jump in revenue from the same time a year ago. largely due to successfully integrating advertising into their mobile apps. but the cost of investment in mobile dragged down facebook's profits. >>> and, of course, willie geist, the "daily news" is reporting sex-crazed sarg
that there are situations going on right now between syria and lebanon, particularly hezbollah, that are quite disturbing to israel. over the past few years they have information that says that syria has been handing over, transferring, if you will, scud missiles. the significance of scud missiles is that they can carry chemical weapons warheads. there is a lot seems to be going on behind the scenes, but indeed a u.s. official says they can confirm there was an israeli air strike on the syrian/lebanon border. israel is not commenting on that information right now. >> okay, sara sidner, when you get more information on the strike, on the syrian/lebanon border, we'll bring you back up. sara sidner, my thanks to you from israel. we'll be right back. so...how'd it go? well, dad, i spent my childhood living with monks learning the art of dealmaking. you've mastered monkey-style kung fu? no. priceline is different now. you don't even have to bid. master hahn taught you all that? oh, and he says to say (translated from cantonese) "you still owe him five bucks." your accent needs a little work. i've got a nice l
and equipment. a former high-ranking israeli intelligence official tells cnn, the lebanese group, hezbollah, likely wants to get its hands on syrian weapons in order to attack israel. >>> domestically on wall street, the dow could not break the 14,000 barrier today while the dow, nasdaq, and the s&p 500 remain near all-time highs, all three closed down after the federal reserve's latest report on the u.s. economy. the fed says the economy actually shrank in the fourth quarter of 2012, breaking the country's string of slow, but steady recovery from the recession. and a very scary story out of alabama still developing this evening. a man is holding a 6-year-old boy hostage in an underground bunker. he took the boy after shooting and killing a school bus driver late yesterday. authorities continue negotiating with the hostage taker. let's get the latest from our george howell, who is in midland city, alabama, this evening. george, what's the latest? >> reporter: kate, you know, just a few minutes ago, we heard from authorities here, they held a press conference and number one, they said that t
to hezbollah in lebanon. it is not certain if the u.s. and syrian accounts of the attack refer to the same or maybe separate incidents. >>> new jersey senator robert menendez is denying allegations that he traveled to know a friend's private plane to have sex with prostitutes. he issued a statement wednesday saying that it was simply not true. soledad. >> lots of other things to talk about this morning as we focus on this showdown in the senate. this is going to be very interesting, as this hearing for chuck hagel gets under way. there was early resistance, obviously, and after that there are many people who still predicted in spite of the noisy resistance it might go forward. i think they have been starting to back away from that. i think it will be tougher -- >> i think senator mccain will be one of the toughest asking the questions but i think ultimately we'll see him get through. >> why do you say that? do you think that's the case? in the beginning everyone was saying that. he's got issues on the left, issues on the right but ultimately he'll get through. >> i have no idea if he'll ge
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